“The only thing that bothers me about Eden Phillips’s lyrics is that they might do me out of a job.”
Eden Phillips writes lyrics for musicals, songs, song cycles, children’s songs and jingles.
He also writes books for book musicals, and he is a consultant to publishers on the world of musical theatre.
“Writing lyrics is my passion. I try to write in the tone of voice of the character, progress the plot, catch the mood – whatever the task demands.”
REUNION AT BAFTA
It was so good to see Jeremy Swan, who directed me in the BBC TV series Potter’s Picture Palace in the 1970s. He very kindly took me to the elegant dining room at BAFTA, where the food and ambience are wonderful. As well as recently entertaining cruise ship passengers with his ‘Legends of TV’ stand-up performances, Jeremy has a book deal for his autobiography. If his memoirs are as funny as his reminiscences they will be a great read. Which reminds me – I must get my Stagehand Stories ready to show publishers.
The Postman and the poet
The poet Pablo Neruda teaches his postman Mario to woo the beautiful Beatriz in verse. Romance, comedy and – ultimately – tragedy follow.
Inspired by Ardiente Paciencia, the novel by Antonio Skarmeta on which the 1994 Oscar-winning film Il Postino was based.
Isla Negra, a fishing village on the Chilean coast, 1970-73. Mario, inarticulate and wildly romantic, gets a job as postman to the poet Pablo Neruda. Learning from Neruda, Mario woos the beautiful Beatriz in a way that is unusual to her: in words…
Six Nights in Naples
Six Nights in Naples is a new musical based on a quirky, true story set in the famous Naples opera house, the Teatro di San Carlo.
The soldiers are fortunate to find some interesting characters resident in the opera house, including an Italian diva, her dresser and her dancing daughter. Culture clashes between Brits and Italians, musical theatre and opera, the real world and the supernatural combine in a piece that affectionately sends up theatrical conventions – and throws in some on-off-on love affairs for good measure.
Dorothy Fields Forever
Based on the life and lyrics of Dorothy Fields, the show charts her triumphs and disappointments, illustrated in her own words and accompanied by music from the golden age of American song.
With the music of Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Arthur Schwartz, Sigmund Romberg and Cy Coleman.
A hugely talented woman who wrote songs for shows, revues and cabaret from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, Dorothy Fields made her way in what was then (as now) an essentially male-dominated area…